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Alan Reed Carries His WVU Tech Education to the Department of Highways

After dropping out of high school and obtaining his GED, Beckley, West Virginia native Alan Reed moved into the workforce, where he began working road construction and mining industry jobs. Alan was great at his work, but he knew there was more that he had to offer, and his interest in engineering was piqued after watching the engineers on the jobs where he was working. After taking night classes at the former Beckley College (now home to WVU Tech’s Beckley campus), he made the decision to enroll full time at WVU Tech as a civil engineering major.

Alan was 32 at the time, a nontraditional student. The class work was hard, and there were times, especially during his second year, that challenged him. But he persevered and graduated with his civil engineering degree in 1996.

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West Virginia University to close Friday, June 18, in observance on Juneteenth; some activities and operations to continue as planned

The West Virginia University system including the WVU Research Corp., will close Friday, June 18, following a Presidential Proclamation and separate declaration issued by Gov. Jim Justice proclaiming a state holiday in recognition of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth, which is held on June 19 each year, celebrates the ending of slavery in the U.S. This year, June 19 falls on a Saturday. As a result, Friday, June 18, will be recognized as a full-day holiday for all public employees of the state.

While classes (undergraduate and graduate) are canceled Friday, some essential campus services will remain open. If you have any questions, reach out to your supervisor.

Golden Bear Welcome Days and camp activities that were scheduled for Friday, June 18 will continue as planned.

The WVU Libraries will be closed, although the West Virginia Day events will continue to be held virtually.

WVU Extension Service offices will be closed across the state due to the holiday. However, Jackson’s Mill will remain open. Some Extension activities, such as 4-H camps, also will continue as scheduled. Please check with the county office.

The closure will be effective for all non-essential personnel beginning at midnight through 11:59 p.m. on Friday. Employees who are considered essential personnel will be contacted by their supervisor with additional information regarding the work schedule tomorrow.

Units with existing emergency closure protocols should follow those. Employees with questions or concerns should contact their supervisor. 

The University will reopen on a normal schedule Saturday, June 19 and classes will resume on Monday, June 21. 

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